Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

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COVID-19: support for businesses

Read guidance from the UK Government on support for businesses. 

For specific information about the Government's grant fund scheme please click here.

Responsible trading

Local and national reports are being received of: 

  • trading in contrary to directions to close 
  • sale of goods not in line with either safety or manufacturer requirements 
  • unreasonable price hiking 

We are monitoring such reports, and as far is possible, will intervene to protect public safety and the rights of consumers. We will work the Police and other agencies as is necessary.

Responsible trading during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

The government has announced a new package of support to businesses to avoid making redundancies.  The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is open to all UK employers. HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. HMRC is working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement.  

Further information on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Support for self-employed 

Following the Chancellor's announcement, self-employed people may receive 80% of a their average profits of the last three years, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. For full details of this scheme visit the Government business support website. You can find FAQs here.  

If you need employment advice – please email with your queries and will provide or signpost to the right information, advice and guidance.

Business Rates and Government Business Support Grant funding

Find out what the coronavirus pandemic means for your business rates bill.